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suggest otherwise. i am lou dobbs. ♪ ♪ lou: good evening, everyone. the obama administration official in charge of fixing the obamacare site. he said there is a night and day difference between the health care.gov website that launched on october 1 in the one working today. wartime here. according to the white house, a five-week technology surge has doubled the website capacity and equipment can handle 30,000 consumers at the same time. and with some good reason. this is the page that came up when our colleague peter ducey logon. a page of gibberish filled with question marks. and it's not just frustrated consumers but insurers say that they are still dealing with an obamacare mass because functions have not even been built yet. and that means the administration's goal of enrolling 7 million people by the end of march, well, that could be the latest in what has turned out to be a string of second term failures for this president. chief white house correspondent ed henry has more on what is actually different about health care.gov. reporter: president obama's aides struggled to explain
experiencing. >> all right, bret, thank you. >>> up next, how the obama administration deals with a christian family fleeing what it calls religious persecution. but first here's what some of our fox affiliates across the country are covering tonight. khon in honolulu on hawaii's first same-sex weddings. the state is hoping for a $217 million tourism boost over the next three years as a result of the new law. fox 31 in denver on their arrest of a woman for offering topless hair cuts to folks in longmont and johnstown. the charge, practicing cosmetology without a license is a federal offense, according to the district attorney's office there. >>> and this is a live look at los angeles from fox 11. the big story there tonight, an investigation into the car crash that killed movie star paul walker and his friend saturday night. officials are focusing on the speed of the porsche right before the accident. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. hi honey, did you get e toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with n fedex one rate, i cou
>>> i'm chris wallace. the obama administration says it met its deadline to fix healthcare.gov. but it is also telling people there is no rush to sign up. >> as more enrollment deadlines are pushed back, is the website the least of obamacare's problems? we'll ask two health care experts on opposite sides of the debate, james capretta and neera tanden. plus, our sunday panel weighs in on white house efforts to lower expectations for obamacare's online relaunch. then, skepticism over last week's deal with iran that president obama is calling a victory for diplomacy. >> we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems. tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing for our security. >> but will the deal halt iran's nuclear ambitions? we'll discuss that and the growing confrontation with china with former cia and nsa director, general michael hayden. and our power player of the week this holiday season is not your typical turkey farmer. >> i'm really happiest when i'm engaged in working and thinking and striving. >> all
utterly fail. >> in washington the obama administration contradicted that version of events. >> there's no question if you look at the facts of impact on oil revenues, the impact on economic growth, that there was a huge impact of - the sanctions had an enormous impact. that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> many speculated if the nuclear deal succeeds, they may cooperate on other matters. it could be useful at the talks known as geneva ii. the u.s. response. >> the whole goal is to create a transitional governing body. they haven't focused that. >> the comments come in the middle of a sharply innocencive. mohammad javad zarif is visiting officials in arab countries, like saudi arabia, and qatar. they have sent guns and cash to the opposition. mohammad javad zarif insists iran is trying to be a good neighbour. >> we believe all of us needs to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing foreign minister mohammad javad zarif said is new. the iran government attracting attention is being study by
january 1st. obama administration officials now admitting the records of roughly a quarter of the people who signed up on the site in october and november may have errors, big time mistakes. this month it could be one in ten. the errors involve electronic forms sent to insurers with people's information and if insurers don't have the right data they cannot complete the enrollment. joining us now to talk about it, susan, congressional correspondent for the washington examiner. good to see you. >> hi. >> for the first two months, one in four people who actually managed to sign up for obama care and that's not many, they didn't actually sign up for it. it strikes me as leading to utter chaos come january 1 when people try to go see their doctor and the doctor says, sorry, your insurance company has no record that you exist. >> that's right. there are some important details that came out of a press call from the center for medicare and medicaid late last week. one was -- the two numbers you just talked about, one in four people who signed up in beginning in october, that's still a big number
by frank allaveri. would like to ask you about afghanistan. the obama administration thought fought the deal to keep the troops there since -- two 2014. do you see any way of resolving this before the incident the year or will the stride on until afghanistan elects a new president? afghanistan approved it. no one has said that they are going to need to change it. president karzai has said he does not want to be the one who signs it. he is holding off on signing it until next year. it is a problem. there is no question about it. the substance is basically what both sides are comfortable with. president karzai is spilling new ideas, i do not know. it does not sound like it. it is whether or not to get so it. formally signed i the hope is we will get it signed before the elections. is his refusal to sign. >> he wanted to renegotiate. --wanted to have the avenue afghanistan taliban members released from guantanamo. he wants no more rage or bombing of afghan houses like the one that just happens. is this rhetoric? is it something we need to come to terms with? >> he also presented the ag
. >>> the obama administration is making a push to get young, healthy americans to sign up for obama care but as the numbers are very slow to pick up, the architect of obama care told our own chris wallace today, it's a lack of promotion, not the botched rollout that is to blame for low enrollment. >> no one has launched a big pr campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal website. we are about to launch a big pr campaign and that, i think, is going to persuade a lot of people to sign up. >> the white house may not have started its latest pr campaign but state exchanges are certainly looking to attract younger demos using racy ads like this one with internet means like this one like hey, girl, and cutouts of actors like ryan gosling. still, almost half of millennials say they are not going to sign up. joining me is a columnist for the washington times, charlie herd. the president has been promoting this thing for four long years with all kinds of things like wild promises and now one of his own obama care architects says he hasn't promoted it enough and
. >> you told "the daily beast", that the obama administration should have moved into syria two years ago, and criticised secretary of state john kerry as old style poll ki, -- policy, aimed at negotiations in okay-panelled rools. >> what should we have done and what should president kerry be doing differently now. >> many of us will say two years ago it was foreseeable. bashar al-assad wanted to make it sectarian and his government standing against the terrorists. that's what he succeeded in doing. it was predictable that the fighting would get worse. i told you sos are not helpful, from policy experts. i think secretary of state john kerry is doing the best he can under the circumstances in trying to get the parties to geneva to an okay panelled negotiating room. what i was saying is we do have to be operating with people on the ground at the statement. we cannot ignore the reality of the suffering on the ground and what that creates politically in support of hardline entities. we need to be doing more. i think we need to support what remains of more moderate groups on the ground. >> c
is doing. if it's at 90% or handling 50,000 people, the obama administration - i imagine them wiping the sweat from the brow saying phew. >> i went on and tried to do it as if i needed to sign up. i was impressed. it was working quickly. there were all sorts of plans. i was focussed on gold and platinum. the costs were not something that made me happy, but so far everything was fine until i noticed on one plan was available to me with a ppo, letting me go whatever doctors i wanted to go to, so, again, very few opportunities though to keep my own doctor. is that going to be an ongoing political problem >> this problem that you are talking about now, these are the kinks we expected to see the program work out. we didn't think it would be a debac debacle, we thought what you said happened to you will happen to more people. time will tell. they'll have to work things out with the plans. they have been able to find one that had that ppo. it may be a product of what state and exchange. obamacare. >> one of the other problems that has been arising. if the side is far from fixed, forms peopl
, the crisis of credibility for the obama administration and brad thor joins us in a budget deal still on capitol hill as the clock ticks down. the "a-team" on the political prospect in the book that the atf didn't want you to see and that attorney general eric holder insisted that you not. we will be joined by john dobson and his new book much more straight ahead. the chinese aircraft carrier is on its way to the south china sea and afghanistan signed an agreement of cooperation with iran, but not with the united states. general tom mcinerney joins us next to a possessed the success or failure of the obama foreign policy. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] here's a question for you: where does the united states get most of its energy? is it africa? the middle east? canada? or the u.? the answer is... the u.s. ♪ most of america's energy comes from right here at home. take the energy quiz. energy lives here. mm. mm-hmm. [ enne revs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] oh what fun it is to ride. get the mercedes-benz your wish list at the winter event going on now -- but hurry, the offers end december 31s
care survived all of it. irony is that while republicans couldn't kill obama care, the administration almost could. >> good evening. president obama now finds himself compared to president george w. bush, as in the problems with the health care plan have become president obama's katrina. >> but today, the website is now fixed enough that it looks like obama care is really here to stay. the repeal strategy is dead and obama care is out of the icu. according to the administration, the error message rate for the front end of the website is less than 1%. that's down from about 6% last month. the site can now handle 50,000 users at a time, 800,000 per day. keep in mind, at one point, the site could handle only about 1,000 users at a time. >> this website is and will function effectively for the vast majority of users. >> not only is the website functioning better, enrollment is up, too. over 100,000 people have successfully selected plans in the federal exchange in november alone, up from the nearly 27,000 who did so in october. during the first few weeks of november, california's same exc
direct contact between the obama administration and pyongyang. as a result of that, the obama administration got a call saturday morning saying, without explanation, he was being released, and he suddenly appeared in beijing and got on a flight to the united states. this is what joe biden had to say. >> i offered him a ride home. but he got a direct flight to san francisco, his home. i don't blame him, i'd be on that flight too. >> also saying hereleased, got word on another u.s. citizen they were asking to be released. you know, that very public apology is often the way that they actually pave the way for citizens being released. not so in the case of kenneth bay. we will see what happens. good news today in san francisco for the newman family. >> good news indeed. we're glad he's home. did he actually say he wanted a cheeseburger and to see my wife? >> i think his wife came before the cheeseburger. that will be the most welcoming you can possibly get. kelly. >> all right, warming the food and the heart. thank you. >> that is such a relief. >> it is. >>> tributes are pouring
. bret? >> domestically the administration has its hands full with obama care. on the foreign policy front, there is a potential bump in the road with iran sanctions in that there is a potential bipartisan deal in congress to move forward -- >> brett, right. we are hearing tonight that senator lindsey graham and several republicans joined by democratic senators, among them chuck schumer of new york, senior man in the democratic leadership, will hold a news conference on tuesday to announce they will introduce a bill that will apply more stringent sanctions on iran unless they meet a set of conditions within six months. far stronger than any imposed so far and would resemble the shape of what they hope will be the final outcome of the negotiation. if the negotiation don't get us there, these sanctions would take effect. >> that is embarrassing for the administration. >> it would be, if they say it strengthens the administration's hands. and the problem is these sanctions might easily pass the senate and if they pass the senate, they will almost certainly pass the house, forcing the pr
from the obama administration which turned to paper as an alternative to the glitch-plagued exchange website in the early days of the botched rollout. we are learning as work continues to fix health care.gov, some people who think they are signing up for insurance find out in the end they may not be covered. certainly not by january 1st. elizabeth pran with more from washington. >> the administration admits that iradditional fears not just with customers signing up, but those who think they already signed up. the glitch pertaining to electronic files sent from health care.gov to insurance companies, 834 forms. companies use them to bill consumers. about 1-10 forms are showing errors such as misspellings, missing entries or duplicate entry. the companies can't complete the transaction if these flags are raised. the white house says it's still a work in progress for the contractors. >> they are making sure everyone who enrolled is enrolled, in fact and addressing the challenges that were keen in the beginning of this process on the back end, the 834 form. >> republican law makers vow t
what do you see as the difference between how the bush administration and the obama administration approach the war on terror. >> right. , i mean, i think first of all it's great to be with you here on c-span and booktv. the bush with administration, i don't want to understate how atrocious i think that period was in american foreign policy. it really was like murder incorporated. the destruction of iraq, the creation of the cia black sites, the idea that the geneva convention was -- [inaudible] the abu ghraib torture, using guantanamo, you could go on and on in characterizing it. so i don't want to get into a thing about is obama worse than bush. i covered those wars, i know what happened. under president obama i think what we have is someone who has sort of rebranded some of the more egregious aspects of the bush-cheney counterterror apparatus and i think has convinced himself that they're waging a smarter war. so they're relying on the drones much more than the bush administration did, using small team of coovert operators to conduct either kill or capture, and because guantanam
don't think that iraq should develop nuclear technology at all. the obama administration actually engage in diplomatic acrobatics to both acknowledge he runs right to peaceful nuclear energy and not acknowledge it at the same time. we approach these negotiations with a basic understanding. iran like any nation should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy. but because of its record of violating its obligations. iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear programs that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon. the scope and role of iran's enrichment as is set forth in the language within this document says that iran's peaceful nuclear program is subject to a negotiation and to mutual agreement. despite the officials attend school team the hawks with punches are flying here. looks like we tacitly agreed that they will be enriching for commercial purposes down the road so i think you gonna say on capitol hill again a bipartisan effort to try to make sure that this is not the falling rain. and of the set of barker will be o called it the old quote a blow to our allies
at all. the obama administration actually engage in diplomatic acrobatics to both acknowledge he runs right to peaceful nuclear energy and not acknowledge it at the same time. we approach these negotiations with a basic understanding. iran like any nation should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy. but because of its record of violating its obligations. iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear programs that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon. the scope and role of iran's enrichment as is set forth in the language within this document says that iran's peaceful nuclear program is subject to a negotiation and to mutual agreement. despite the officials attend school team the hawks with punches are flying here. looks like we tacitly agreed that they will be enriching for commercial purposes down the road so i think you gonna say on capitol hill again a bipartisan effort to try to make sure that this is not the falling rain. and of the set of barker will be o called it the old quote a blow to our allies in the region who are already concerned about america's comm
it comes to this issue. still, it is safe to say this will be a primary focus for the obama administration in the months ahead. back to you. >> united states military is facing more but it cuts. hagel announced today that 200 positions will be eliminated from the office of the secretary of defense, but he said there will not be a large number of immediate layoffs. reductions that i have announced today will occur through a process of natural attrition in order to minimize the impact on our workforce. if the department is forced to one steep sequestration cuts the order of $500 billion, we may need to implement additional reductions. hagel adds that cuts will save about $1 billion over time. coming up, the fed says factories are giving the u.s. economy a boost but the latest beige book data is out. we will look at what else is expanding when "bottom line" on bloomberg television continues in just a moment. ♪ collects welcome back. let's show you how the equity markets finished. stocks fell for a fourth day. the longest him in 12 weeks. investors weighed economic data for clues on the timi
accusing president obama and his administration of lying. bob and andrea here to take this on. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. martha: texas senator john cornyn saying this during a google hangout session yesterday. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. to me that's the one thing i find most aggravating about what's happening in washington these days, and particularly about this administration which is a lack of accountability and the willingness to mislead people and provide false information and expect to be able to move on. we have seen that most recently in the healthcare debate over if you like what you have you can keep it. something we can go back to 2010 and demonstrate something the health and human services knew was false. martha: i'm joined by our friend bob bebl -- by bob beckel and aa tantaros. >> things like watergate, iran can extra --iran-contra. obama campaigned on trabs parent i. when you campaign on transparency you will be grade on transparency. you have got to be careful what you say when you are in
or anybody traveling with him address this sort of mixed message that the obama administration sent by, on one hand, having the pentagon do the unarmed b 52s flying right through the zone, not telling the chinese, essentially finger in the eye a little bit, but then at the same time the faa does something different? did biden explain this contradiction? >> it's been a huge and confusing story here, and joe bide en in his comments to the public did not address that. privately, vary officials here have talked to us about it. and, you know, to be candid it's very confusing because what they're saying is the faa at a very low level is doing what it has always done, which is, you know, not necessarily just with regard to china but when these zones have appeared it's just to have commercial carriers, you know, notify those that have set up these zones. so they're skirting the notion that anything different is being done with regard to this china adiz. but the fact remains that, you know, usair carriers have been beginning to issue these flight plans to the chinese and the japanese airlines h
again. you may not be. the obama administration dropping a bombshell. thousands of americans who recently signed up for insurance may be left without coverage right before the new year and the federal government hasn't told them. we'll tell you the details. >>> and, guys, one of my favorite stories, ever. uh-oh spa getios. the company tweeting out this picture as a tribute to pearl harbor. what was meant as an honor was inappropriate. you have to read the spaghettios headline. >>> "fox & friends" begins right now. >>> and "fox & friends," welcome. the popular show. >> we think it is. >> "fox & friends" christmas party, we'll share photos from that yesterday. >> we shut down the bowling lane yesterday. most of our crew did pretty well, and a segment on how it is the holiday christmas party. i. a lot of folks will wind up going to work hungover. tips how to beat the hangover. >> tips, fake it until you make it. >> that's what i'm doing right now. >> don't announce that. >>> and while you were sleeping, american war veteran captured in north korea over a month released. right now he
? the obama administration declares it has met the self-imposed deadline this weekend and healthcare.gov is fixed claiming the worst of all the bugs and the glitches and the crashes that have frustrated people are over and that the site can now cover its intended load of 50,000 people at once. they say it doesn't mean the site gets a clean bill of health. key parts remain unfinished and there are lingering questions over the security of inputting your personal business, your personal information on the website. live with the news tonight, steve? >> the obama administration is claiming victory in its push to fix that troubled health care website. healthcare.gov was officially launched october 1st but only now is it working properly. the agency responsible for building the site issued a six-page performance report saying the website's moving smoothly for the vast majority of its users. an obama adviser talked about the progress in a conference call with reporters. >> the site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity with greatly improved performance. the speed has more than
. >> the administration says the obama care site can handle as many as 50,000 concurrent users and 800,000 consumer visits during the day. >>> they say the terror threat in the united states is growing. democratic senator dianne feinstein and mike rogers share that view. both said changing tactics and improving weapons make it harder right now to warn the war on terror. >> are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago in general? >> i don't think so. i think terror is up worldwide. the statistics indicate that. the fatalities are way up. the numbers are way up. there are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks be reinforced for those bombs. >> i absolutely agree that we are not safer today for the same very reason. so the pressure on our intelligence services to get it right to prevent an attack are enormous and it's getting more difficult because we see the lked as we knl qaeda is ma take sizing to something more different. >>> just days after striking a deal with the west to freeze part of its nuclear program, iran's nuclear chief says his country needs more power plants. iran official agency believ
the obama administration said the site was 90% functional and fixed. some users say it's still possible to think you are signed up but not get coverage. and at peak times of the day, just signing on was still a bit of a problem. mike viqueira is at the whitehouse for us and has the latest on this trouble site. mike, this was a big deadline for the administration over the weekend >> reporter: right. >> there seems to be plenty of work to do here. >> >> reporter: there is. there is good news/bad news really. you mentioned signing on. the administration was full of facts and figures over the laugh two days. saturday, they set november 30th as the goal whereby the quote, unquote vast majority of americans visiting the website would have a positive experience and some success. that would be a marked improvement over what we have seen over the course of the last two months ever since the bungled launch and the administration says there are market improvements. the error rate now less than 1% down from a whopping 6% back in and on october 1st. if you look at it relative to some big department
iran's nuclear program and the uphill battle facing the obama administration. ever since foreign ministers closed the nuclear deal with iran, ten days ago, the obama administration has been trying to win over a skeptical congress and stave off new sanctions. today, wendy sherman, the lead u.s. negotiator in geneva, held a closed briefing today for members of the house. republican trent franks of arizona is among the lawmakers who have called the agreement a bad deal. >> seems like there's general notion that we're afraid to allow iran to question our sincerity when we should be questioning theirs. iran has given no concession of any kind for 30 years. and yet we are now taking some of our most powerful inducements off the table. >> ifill: michigan democrat dan kildee was milder in his criticism, but he said the u.s. has to proceed very carefully. >> we have to be very cautious with this state, and very skeptical and realize that the reason that we're in the position we're in right now, is that the sanctions are working, and the sanctions need to be not just seen only as a penalt
the obama administration is calling an enrollment surge. they are pleased that 29,000 people signed up for obama care in the first 48 hours since their november 30 relaunch. you balance that against the fact that 5.6 million have had their insurance canceled. >> the administration likes to say that they're transparent. but what is 29,000 enrollees really mean? we don't know. >> but even if they were enrollees from start to finish, they're paid and all paid up, is that a good number? >> again, i would say we don't know, greta. we don't know. we've had testimony in congress on capitol hill saying that the back, the backup of this program is not working. the back end. >> is it finished? do you know if it's even finished? >> we don't know. in fact we're hearing now temporary payment plan to insurance companies. imagine this. we don't have income verification systems in place. because the president delayed that portion of the law. we don't have the ability to say to insurance companies, this person is eligible for a subsidy or not of the we're told now that the back end of the system doesn'
% from 2011. >> doctors are getting worried as the obama administration ramps up enrollment in state exchange. the government's new medical insurance plans will force physicians to take a hard look at whether they can afford to practice at the same prices. >> if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor so long as your doctor keeps you. >> the new health plan has physicians wondering if they will be able to keep their so sf insured patients. >> i think the first thing that thphysicians can expect is a lot more patients with health insurance and a lot more will be covered through medicade because it's the biggest part of the insurance expanse i expansion ie affordable care act. >> many physicians restrict the number of patients that they accept because of the low reimbursements rates. >> medicade rates vary from state to state but are typically far below medicare and private insurance. >> look to the right. >> for instance. a brooklyn based opthamologist says that private insurance for a full eye exam will reimburse rates up to $150. medicare pays him $145 but for the same proced
measurement, president obama's administration has done more than any before to make israel more secure, including funding iron dome, which i saved untold -- which has saved untold lives by intercepting hundreds of rockets that might otherwise have struck schools, hospitals, or homes. deepening our day-to-day security on an ongoing basis. negotiating a new, long-term memorandum of understanding to lock in long-term military assistance for the future. providing access to the most sophisticated u.s. military technology, such as precision munitions, the f-35 joint strike fighter, the v-22 osprey. israel is the only country in the world to receive it from the united states. and engaging in extensive training and joint exercises in areas of special operations, missile defense, and search-and- rescue. unprecedented levels. these examples and a lot more should make crystal clear our commitment to preserve israel's qualitative military edge so that israel can defend itself by itself against any threat. and when israel, or if israel were to come under attack by terrorists on its borders or by an
. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas
obama. >> now, if congress refuses to act, i've said that i'll continue to do everything in my power to act without them. >> reporter: it's a pledge the president has repeatedly made and kept. from administrative directives to law enforcement officers, telling them not to arrest or deport the vast majority of those in the u.s. illegally to major rewrites of the affordable care act via speeches or the white house blog, president obama has grown increasingly willing to use the powers of the executive branch to effect major changes without ever going through congress. jonathan turley, a supporter of the president and his policies calls the trend troubling. >> the problem with what the president is doing is he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system, he's becoming the very danger the constitution was designed to avoid, that is the concentration of power in any single branch. >> reporter: other constitutional experts argue that president obama is carrying out his constitutional duties to take care that the laws be faithfully executed by revising obama care in ways that w
lawyers. nearly all pro-amnesty. so even if the obama administration can't officially change immigration policy, these lawyers can help illegal immigrants stay in the country regardless of the law. joining us now is the author of that report, former d. o.j. attorney and media contributor, jay christian adams. good morning to you. >> good morning, steve. >> you've got to admit, i know you're on the other side, but the obama administration are brilliant in getting around the rules. >> yeah, they know how to use power. if you don't like a certain law, bring in people who don't like it either. this administration is not well-known for faithfully executing the law. what they have done dhs is brought in a swarm of new young lawyers, permanent civil service lawyers who have a long history at open borders groups, at pro-amnesty groups, at helping foreigners stay in the united states. now that they're at dhs, they can impose these ideas, these ideologies, these policies regardless of what congress does or does not do. >> we've got some of the details. you had written a column on this and you deta
" fresh off from my sunday turkey chili. the obama administration's deadline to have a better functioning healthcare.gov for the vast majority of consumers has come and gone and the administration is claiming success. >> the hom binbottom line, healthcare.gov is night and day. >> that was a low bar. >> he effectively gave itself a pass after saying 400 bug fixes and software improvements and the site is working more than 90% of the time. the site was stable only about 43% of the time. administration officials say healthcare.gov can handle 50,000 users at a time in at least 800,000 users a day. to put that in perspective, a year ago, amazon.com recorded 35 million user visits in a single day. they did not blame anyone by name. it was critical of the management team led by kathleen sebelius. >> our assessment identified weaknesses in how the project was being managed. slow decision making. the private sector. >> they echoed the indictment of government claiming that the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness. whether it was intended or not, that indictment of gover
. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradic contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues, the impacts on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact, that the sanctions had an enormous impacts, and that was the driving factor in bringing iranians to the negotiating table. >> many peculiar late that if the deals succeed, washington and iran might negotiate other things. >> the goal is a transitioning governing body. certainly they haven't embraced that as the focus o geneva communique. >> what could be described as a charm offensive. he's visiting other countries, and iran insists they're trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe we, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain this spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing the foreign minister has said is new. but iranian government has said is new, but it's being studied closely. ross lind jordan, al jazeera, the state department. >> vice president biden is in japan where he's about to begin meetings on the
,800 centerfuges added to iran stock. so sanctions have utterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues and impact on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact of the -- the sanctions had an enormous impact and that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: many speculating that if it succeeds washington and tahir may cooperate and it could be useful at the up coming peace talks known as geneva two and the u.s. response. >> the goal is to have a governing body, that is the goal of the geneva conference and they have not embraced that as the focus of the geneva communication. >> reporter: it is in the middle of what could be described as a charm offensive and visiting officials in saudi arabia that sent guns and cash to the syrian opposition and they insist iran is trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe that we need, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the sp
some talk of a deadline by the year end. the obama administration wanted something signed by the end of the year. now we're hearing let's take our time. maybe we do not need to rush it through after all. that is probably what is going to happen. >> on iran? >> i think he is doing the same thing. we are talking about delaying actions. the administration has no interest in sanctions. the chatter about it has the iranians. scaring off i think the democrats are discussing it. it will affect the defense authorization debate. if they cannot get a deal on amendment to the senate, and the republicans do not seem amenable, the plan b seems more likely. >> not another round of sections? congress will hold off? republicans will wait? >> republicans will try but they cannot do it without the democratic leadership doing it. that is interesting, too. there are democrats who probably would see stronger sanctions against iran. this falls on harry reid to try to figure out how to keep this from becoming a debate on the floor. they cannot control it. it could throw a wrench in the works. some democrat
nationwide at this hour. >>> well, the obama administration is expected to shift into public relations mode this week. with healthcare.gov in the hands of digital experts, we're told that the white house is prepared to launch a major campaign to get more people to sign up overall. they got to get going. because the deadline to get coverage for january 1st is december 23rd. the penalties will kick in to all of those still uninsured in about four months. let's bring in our panel. you know, you all can also weigh in on twitter @fn insider and ought harris faulkner. big pr campaign. what likely is coming? >> basically that things are improving steadily and you can sign up easily and you will get insurance that will be affordable and arguably better than what you had before. and that the problems with the system have largely been addressed. and bottom line, harris, we are heading towards the realization of the goals of the aca. whether that will be the reality, remains to be seen. but that's what the campaign will say. >> it's not as though we haven't seen any sort of a push. in fact, dr. seekia
obama a administration official called a plutonium bomb factory. united states and other countries are relieving sanctions and freeing up anywhere from $7 billion to as much as $20 billion in financial ofets as well as exports petrochemicals, auto industry parts, and other things. it is not clear the sort of concession we got from iran is worth that money yet. this is why you're seeing senators like robert menendez and mark kirk from illinois move potentially as early as next week to try to table sanctions that iflegislation there is no real movement on the program in terms of really constraining it, sanctions may kick in. >> do you think the senate leadership will bring those? the reason menendez and kirk and other members -- particularly those two members -- are negotiating is because they're coming up with an approach amid this geneva plan that is workable and is not completely undercut it that creates the right pressure for iran to really negotiate in good faith toward any final agreement. it is not clear when the start date is. it was introduced in late november. the united st
, that undermines the basic premise of the obama administration, which is, government can fix things. big government can fix big problems. evidently it can't. the private sector can. that's a big admission. bill: stuart, thank you. coming up in a couple minutes here we have some great experts on this to tell people in plain english what they can expect now. we'll see you at 9:20, okay? >> thanks, bill. bill: stuart varney from fox business. martha. martha: it has been a rough road as you know for the obamacare website. it started back on october the 1st when healthcare.gov launched. when that young lady's face was on the website. then it went away. there were tons of problems with site crashes. that same day president obama made remarks saying there were some glitches with the sign-up process. 19 days later the administration acknowledged major problems in fact with the site and announced a quote, tech surge, that would fix the whole thing by the end of november. then the congressional hearings began. remember these, october the 24th? federal contractors blamed the administration for the problems. c
flagrantly and dangerously unconstitutional. >> is quite a difficult question. the obama administration's office of legal counsel memo on this is quite strained so they are reaching for analogies and analysis that is quite unconvincing, i would say. >> mr. lazarus. >> i'm very, very far from an expert on these matters, but i would just offer one observation. why is, i do not really see the american citizenship issue in the case that the congressman congressman is referring to. if a nazi general happened to be an american citizen it would not alter the way we could do with him militarily. there are questions about the president's authority to implement a drone program. have a nextlly review on that. it has been effective militarily so that is a good thing. >> i will associate myself with professor turley's comments. thank you and i appreciate the opportunity to ask some questions here. helpoing to ask for your in answering what is the number one question i get at town hall meetings and people running up to me at the grocery store when i am back home in texas. they go something like this.
marks the second day since the healthcare.gov website overhaul was completed. an obama administration officials say it's working, quote unquote, smoothly for the vast majority of users. >> some good news. they're calling it night and day compared to two months ago when it rolled out and was plagued with those massive technical problems. now they say the response time has been lowered to one second. >> they've lowered the error rate to below 1% and 50,000 users can be online at the same time now. >> hmm. all right. if black friday wasn't good enough for you, cyber monday is in full swing. >> another shot. get your shopping done. >> beats a mall every time. >> it does indeed. cyber monday is here. and that's why millions of people are going online today to catch internet only deals that they couldn't get in stores during black friday. >> some retailers so eger to boost sales they're extending discounts through to friday, calling it cyber week. any opportunity. >> we just want your money. >> how far you want to give it. we'll extend it through till march. shoppers can get at the moment a
conversation that's likely to be happening in the future. >> kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. the obama administration says healthcare.gov is in stable condition working more than 90% of the time. does that mean a clean bill of health for obama care. deputy senior adviser from the white house joins me from the north lawn. david, thank you very much. you set a fairly low bar, this vague working for majority that want to sign on and 50,000 could be served at one time, 800,000 in a day. is that good enough? what's the next step? >> so andrea, as you know, this is going to be a process of continuous improvement. compared to where we were in early october as jeff said yesterday it is night and day to the point we can handle a certain number of concurrent users. we're monitoring to make sure the system is stable, the response times are good, the error rates are continuously going down. we've set up a queueing system for those instances where there's overwhelming volume on the system to better manage the flow. we've set up anonymous shopping right on the home page of healthcare.gov so people c
. the other thing that hasn't launched yet, but a couple months ago before the obama administration believed that the fall would be all about it not working, they thought it would be about a massive outreach effort they were going to launch usingmayors, using governors, trying to get their mothers involved to get folks to sign up, by getting trusted valuable dar -- validaters to talk about it. >> in california the website is working and up, and there the portion of kids signing up is a portion of the population. so it does look like we are going to have enough if you have that data point. and if we can get the word out, we'll get enough young people. >> when you hear the politicians that were just talking, and you hear the political debate, a lot of viewers have to be hearing that saying, what about the bottom? when is this actually going to get solved? >> the website no doubt is going to get solved. tae that's a technical problem. >> there are other tests down the road. >> of course, there are other tests down the road. in the long run, in the next few years and end of the decade, this is g
times and decreased error rates. but the obama administration has downplayed expectations in the past week saying the man could actually outweigh capacity, and today's report indicates there is still more work to be done. the real test lies ahead when millions of uninsured americans could try to enroll by an initial december 23rd deadline. we have mike rogers of michigan. he also sits on the on us and commerce committee over the jurisdiction of health and human services. welcome to both of you and welcome to "meet the press "snoochlt. >> just your reaction to this report. dramatic progress, private sector-like velocity. the promise was for the website to be fully functioning by now. are you satisfied? >> overstated. have they made some progress and they brought in some folks to try to bring the functionality up. it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed that if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so, a, the functionality is right. here's a part of this discussion that nobody talks about. the security of this sit
being held in prisons overseas on bogus charges and the obama administration cannot seem to get them out. >> these american citizens being held against their will in a rogue state. they are hostages, right? >> i mean, they are being held by the government. the governments have confirmed that. so i don't even that i need to categorize it further, james. >> you don't regard them ass who tanks? >> do we have another topic? >> well, i hope we are paying that woman a lot of money. joining us now from washington ace correspondents carl cameron and james rosen. >> so, rosen, let's run down these guys the first one is merrill newman 85 years old the north koreas have them, what did he do. >> korean war vet. been accused of war crimes, bill during his service in 1953. he has read some videotaped statement in which he apologized. not known whether that was coerced or not but it's believed that it was. >> of course. he was over in north north korea on a tour, right? >> that's right. they are accusing him of committing hostile acts by looking for spies and terrorists under the guise of being a touri
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